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NATURAL PEST CONTROL USING ALTERNATIVES TO COMMERCIAL SYNTHETIC CHEMICALS (BIO-CIDES).

  On this page: ANTS  /  APHIDS  /  BORERS  /  BEAN BEETLES  /  CURLY LEAF  /  CATERPILLARS  /  CABBAGE WORM  /  CABBAGE MOTH  /  CLOTHES MOTH  /  EUROPEAN WASP  /  FLIES  /  FRUIT FLIES  /  FLEAS  /  FUNGI  /  GRASSHOPPERS  /  JAPANESE BEETLES  /  MEALY BUG  /  MILDEW  /  MICE  /  MOSQUITOES  /  SLUGS & SNAILS  /  SEEDS NOT GERMINATING  /  STRIPED PUMPKIN BEETLE  /  TOMATO HORNWORM  /  WHITE FLY  /  WEAVILS

The Permacult Project / Research Index / Permaculture Noosa Index

From Amazon books, we recommend: Herb Gardening in Five Seasons  by Adelma Grenier Simmons Paperback (1992)

  

ANTS

 Inside: * Scatter leaves of pennyroyal, spearmint, slices of cucumber or a line of talcum powder.
* Pour hot tea remnants on pot plants and add tea mulch.
 Outside: Grow pennyroyal, spearmint, southernwood, tansy or fennel.
 

APHIDS

 Outside: Plant nasturtiums, chives, pyrethrum, basil, garlic, coriander, pennyroyal, tansy, spearmint and/or southernwood.
 Spray: * See Combination all purpose spray (recipe A) &
* Onion spray
(recipe B)
 

BORERS

 Outside: Plant nasturtiums, garlic, onions, chives or tansy.
 

BEAN BEETLES

 Outside: Grow summer savoury or rosemary.
 Spray: See Combination all purpose spray (recipe A)
 

CURLY LEAF

 Outside: Hang a bag of mothballs in branches of soft fruit trees
 Spray: See Bordeaux spray (recipe E)
 

CATERPILLARS

 Outside: * Grow wormwood.
* Sprinkle pepper on wet leaves.
 Spray: * See Garlic Spray (recipe C)
* Combination all purpose spray (recipe A)
* Bordeaux spray (recipe E)
 

CABBAGE WORM

 Outside: Grow wormwood.
 Spray: See Combination all purpose spray (recipe A)
 

CABBAGE MOTH

 Outside: Grow hyssop, mint, peppermint, rosemary, sage, southernwood, thyme or dill
 Spray: See Salt spray (recipe G)
 

CLOTHES MOTH

 Inside: Dry lavender and mint leaves and put in cupboard and drawers.

 

The Permacult Project / Research Index / Permaculture Noosa Index

From Amazon books, we recommend: The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal:
A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies
by David Hoffmann Paperback (1996)

  

EUROPEAN WASP

 Outside: Hang a jar containing some sugar solution, tie a piece of paper with a small hole in it over the top. Wasps will go in but will not come out.
 

FLIES

 Inside: Grow basil and tansy on the window sill.
 Outside: Plant basil and tansy.
 

FRUIT FLIES

 Outside: * Grow basil.
* Mix 1 litre of kerosene, 1 litre of creosote and a packet of mothballs. Place it in tins 10 metres apart hung from fruit trees or 4 metres in the vegetable garden.
 

FLEAS

 Inside: Place wormwood and fennel leaves in dog's basket.
 Outside: Grow wormwood and fennel.
 

FUNGI

 Spray: See Bordeaux spray (recipe E)
 

GRASSHOPPERS

 Outside: * Plant marigolds and rhubarb in rows
* Lay a sun cloth next to your rows of plants.  Water the plants just after sunrise, the grasshoppers will jump out of the plants onto the cloth.  The grasshoppers wings will still be cold, and they should be easier to catch by hand.  If you don't object to killing them, snap the heads off and put the remains back into your plant bed, or make a spray with the carcasses. 
 Spray: See Combination all purpose spray (recipe A)
 

JAPANESE BEETLES

 Outside: * Plant white geraniums, garlic, tansy, or rue.
* Dab leaves with methylated spirits.
 Spray: See Combination all purpose spray (recipe A)
 

MEALY BUG

 Spray: See Nicotine spray. (see recipe D)
 

MILDEW

 Outside: Plant chives
 Spray: See Chive spray (recipe F)

 

The Permacult Project / Research Index / Permaculture Noosa Index

From Amazon books, we recommend: The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal:
A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies
by David Hoffmann Paperback (1996)

  

MICE

 Inside: * Sprinkle fresh or dried mint leaves or the oil of mint.
* Pumpkin seed on mouse trap works well.
 

MOSQUITOES

 Inside: Crush pennyroyal or elder leaves and rub on skin.
 Outside: * Plant basil, castor beans, garlic, tansy, rosemary or wormwood.
* A successful smoker is to collect sage and rosemary leaves, mix with dry grass or paper, add to a large can, sprinkle with paraffin and ignite.
* Put sand in pot plant trays so that water does not sit there.
 

SLUGS & SNAILS

 Outside: * Place orange or grapefruit shells in the garden, the slugs will collect underneath.
* Try a saucer of beer, slugs will drown themselves.
* A sawdust or egg shell line around infected area.
* Salt dissolves slugs so carry some in your pocket.
* Grow rue or wormwood.
 Spray: See Bordeaux spray (recipe E)
 

SEEDS NOT GERMINATING

 Outside: Try adding pepper along the row with the seeds, especially carrots.
 

STRIPED PUMPKIN BEETLE

 Outside: Plant nasturtiums.
 

TOMATO HORNWORM

 Outside: Plant borage and marigolds.
 

WHITE FLY

 Outside: Plant nasturtiums and marigolds.
 Spray: See Combination all purpose spray (recipe A)
 

WEAVILS

 Inside: Put some bay leaves in stored grains, flour, oats etc.

 

Not all these methods have been tested by the publishers of this website, so we cannot guarantee effective.
Please use them at your own discretion.

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From Amazon books, we recommend: The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal:
A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies
by David Hoffmann Paperback (1996)